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STATE GAME COMMISSION SAYS HUNTERS NEED TO BE EXTRA CAREFUL

POSTED: 8:53 am EST December 14, 2004
UPDATED: 9:07 am EST December 15, 2004

PITTSBURGH -- An Armstrong County family is struggling to cope Wednesday morning with its loss after a tragic hunting accident.

A man and his son were hunting in Sugarcreek Township when the son was accidentally shot.

Investigators said Raymond Baker aimed at a group of deer and missed, hitting his son Dean, 46.

That shooting is just one of three hunting accidents that happened Tuesday in Armstrong County.

Two other hunters were wounded, one in Plumcreek Township, the other in Kiskimenetas Township.

Police are not releasing the victims' names, conditions, or circumstances surrounding the accidents.

In Allegheny County, a 43-year-old man in Elizabeth Township was accidentally shot by his brother.

The victim underwent surgery, but there is no word on his condition.

The state game commission said hunters need to be extra careful.

A commission official said, "We had to call in additional officers from neighboring counties to assist in these investigations, but they will put it all together. We are just hoping this is just a blip on the screen."

Commission officials said hunters need to make sure they have a legal target and know what's beyond that target as well.

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